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In this article, we'll building the SQL request dynamically.

 

In the January 2015 CL Corner, Enhancing WRKQRY Reports the Easy Way, we saw how to create an SQL view for use by WRKQRY using the Run SQL (RUNSQL) CL command. I received quite a few notes asking, among other things, for an example of how to build the RUNSQL SQL parameter using variables rather than the static approach taken in the previous article. So today we'll look at what's required to build the SQL parameter using variables/parameters. For demonstration purposes, we'll continue to use the PROJECTS file that was introduced in the previous article.

 

To get started, we'll create the command Create SQL View (CRTSQLVIEW), which will allow you to specify what you want included in the view. The command source is shown below.

 

             Cmd        Prompt('Create SQL View')                      

             Parm       Kwd(View)    Type(QFile1)  Min(1) +            

                          Prompt('View')                               

             Parm       Kwd(Table)   Type(QFile2)  Min(1) +            

                          Prompt('Table')                              

             Parm       Kwd(Columns) Type(ColDefn) Min(1) Max(300) +

                         ListDspl(*Int4) +

                          Prompt('Columns')                            

             Parm       Kwd(Replace) Type(*Char) Len(10) +             

                          Rstd(*Yes) Values(*Yes *No) +                

                          Dft(*Yes) +                                  

                          Prompt('Replace view')                       

QFile1:      Qual       Type(*Name) Len(10) Min(1)                           

             Qual       Type(*Name) Len(10) +                          

                          SpcVal((*CurLib)) Dft(*CurLib) +             

                          Prompt('Library')                            

QFile2:      Qual       Type(*Name) Len(10) Min(1)                           

             Qual       Type(*Name) Len(10) +                          

                          SpcVal((*Libl) (*CurLib)) Dft(*Libl) +       

                          Prompt('Library')                            

ColDefn:     Elem       Type(*Name) Len(10) Min(1) +                    

                          Prompt('To column')                    

             Elem       Type(*Char) Len(256) InlPmtLen(25) +     

                          SpcVal((*Same)) Dft(*Same) +           

                          Prompt('From')                         

 

The CRTSQLVIEW command defines four parameters. The first three parameters are required, with the fourth parameter being optional.

 

The first parameter, View, is the library qualified name of the SQL view to be created (or, as you will see, replaced). The special value *CURLIB is supported for the library name and is the default.

 

The second parameter, Table, is the library qualified name of the file that the view will be based on. The special values *LIBL and *CURLIB are supported for the library name, with *LIBL being the default.

 

The third parameter, Columns, is a list with two elements. The first element is the name we want to associate with the column of data in the view, and the second element is where the column data is to come from. For example, in January we created a column named TskStrDoW (Task start day of week) using the DayName function. That column will be defined later in this article with the CRTSQLVIEW command and a list entry, where the first element is 'TskStrDoW' and the second element is 'Varchar(DayName(TskStrDat), 10)'. And in case you're wondering, no, you won't have to worry about the single quotes around the second element; the command will take care of that in this specific case. The second element, From, supports the special value *SAME, with *SAME being the default. *SAME can be used when the name specified for the first element is the same name we want to use for the second element. For instance, in January we created the column Project and in the Select also used the name Project. *SAME simply avoids having to specify the name a second time. The List Displacement ListDspl) default of *INT2 is also overridden to *INT4 in order to support up to 300 list entries of 268 bytes each. A signed integer (*INT2) can only represent a displacement of up to 32K, which would only support about 120 list entries.

 

The fourth parameter, Replace, allows you to specify whether an existing view is replaced if a file with the same name exists in the library specified by the View parameter. The supported special values are *YES and *NO, with the default being *YES.

 

Assuming you have stored the previous command source in member CRTSQLVIEW of source file QCMDSRC, you can create CRTSQLVIEW with the Create Command (CRTCMD) command:

 

CRTCMD CMD(CRTSQLVIEW) PGM(CRTSQLVIEW)

 

The previous CRTCMD specified that the Command Processing Program (CPP) for the CRTSQLVIEW command is also named CRTSQLVIEW. Below is the source for this program.

 

Pgm        Parm(&QualView &QualTable &NbrCols &Replace)   

Dcl        Var(&QualView)   Type(*Char) Len(20)           

  Dcl        Var(&View)     Type(*Char) Len(10) +         

               Stg(*Defined)  DefVar(&QualView 1)         

  Dcl        Var(&ViewLib)  Type(*Char) Len(10) +         

               Stg(*Defined)  DefVar(&QualView 11)        

Dcl        Var(&QualTable)  Type(*Char) Len(20)           

  Dcl        Var(&Table)    Type(*Char) Len(10) +         

               Stg(*Defined)  DefVar(&QualTable 1)        

  Dcl        Var(&TableLib) Type(*Char) Len(10) +         

               Stg(*Defined)  DefVar(&QualTable 11)       

Dcl        Var(&NbrCols)    Type(*Int)  Len(2)            

Dcl        Var(&Replace)    Type(*Char) Len(10)           

                                                          

Dcl        Var(&LstEnt_Ptr) Type(*Ptr)                

Dcl        Var(&LstEntOfs)  Type(*Int)  Len(4) +      

             Stg(*Based) BasPtr(&LstEnt_Ptr)          

                                                      

Dcl        Var(&Col_Ptr)    Type(*Ptr)                    

Dcl        Var(&Columns)    Type(*Char) Len(268) +        

             Stg(*Based) BasPtr(&Col_Ptr)             

  Dcl        Var(&NbrElems) Type(*Int)  Len(2) +      

               Stg(*Defined)  DefVar(&Columns 1)      

  Dcl        Var(&ToCol)    Type(*Char) Len(10) +     

               Stg(*Defined)  DefVar(&Columns 3)      

  Dcl        Var(&FromCol)  Type(*Char) Len(256) +    

               Stg(*Defined)  DefVar(&Columns 13)     

                                                      

Dcl        Var(&CurLib)     Type(*Char) Len(10)       

Dcl        Var(&SQLStmt)    Type(*Char) Len(5000)         

Dcl        Var(&SQLFrom)    Type(*Char) Len(4000)         

Dcl        Var(&X)          Type(*Int)                

                                                      

If         Cond((&ViewLib *EQ '*CURLIB') *Or +        

                (&TableLib *EQ '*CURLIB')) Then(Do)   

           RtvJobA CurLib(&CurLib)                    

           If Cond(&CurLib *EQ '*NONE') Then( +       

              ChgVar Var(&CurLib) Value('QGPL'))      

           EndDo                                       

                                                       

If         Cond(&Replace *EQ '*YES') Then( +           

           ChgVar Var(&SQLStmt) +                      

                  Value('Create or Replace View'))     

Else       Cmd(ChgVar Var(&SQLStmt) +                  

                      Value('Create View'))            

                                                       

If         Cond(&ViewLib *EQ '*CURLIB') Then( +        

           ChgVar Var(&SQLStmt) +                      

                  Value(&SQLStmt *BCat &CurLib))       

Else       Cmd(ChgVar Var(&SQLStmt) +                  

                      Value(&SQLStmt *BCat &ViewLib))  

                                                       

ChgVar     Var(&SQLStmt) +                             

           Value(&SQLStmt *TCat '/' *TCat +            

                 &View *TCat ' (')                     

                                                       

ChgVar     Var(&SQLFrom) +                             

             Value(') as Select')                      

                                                     

DoFor      Var(&X) From(1) To(&NbrCols)              

           If Cond(&X *EQ 1) Then(Do)                

              ChgVar Var(&LstEnt_Ptr) +              

                     Value(%addr(&NbrCols))          

              ChgVar Var(%ofs(&LstEnt_Ptr)) +        

                     Value(%ofs(&LstEnt_Ptr) + 2)    

              EndDo                                  

           Else Cmd(Do)                              

              ChgVar Var(%ofs(&LstEnt_Ptr)) +        

                     Value(%ofs(&LstEnt_Ptr) + 4)    

              ChgVar Var(&SQLStmt) +                 

                     Value(&SQLStmt *TCat ',')       

              ChgVar Var(&SQLFrom) +                 

                     Value(&SQLFrom *TCat ',')       

              EndDo                                  

                                                     

           ChgVar Var(&Col_Ptr) +                    

                  Value(%addr(&NbrCols))             

           ChgVar Var(%ofs(&Col_Ptr)) +              

                  Value(%ofs(&Col_Ptr) + &LstEntOfs)     

                                                         

           ChgVar Var(&SQLStmt) +                        

                  Value(&SQLStmt *BCat &ToCol)           

           If Cond(&FromCol *EQ '*SAME') Then( +         

              ChgVar Var(&SQLFrom) +                     

                     Value(&SQLFrom *BCat &ToCol))       

           Else Cmd( +                                   

              ChgVar Var(&SQLFrom) +                     

                     Value(&SQLFrom *BCat &FromCol))     

           EndDo                                         

                                                         

ChgVar     Var(&SQLStmt) +                               

           Value(&SQLStmt *TCat &SQLFrom *BCat +         

                 'from')                                 

                                                         

Select                                                   

   When    Cond(&TableLib *EQ '*CURLIB') Then( +         

           ChgVar Var(&SQLStmt) +                        

                  Value(&SQLStmt *BCat +                 

                        &CurLib *TCat +                

                        '/' *TCat &Table))             

                                                       

   When    Cond(&TableLib *EQ '*LIBL') Then( +         

           ChgVar Var(&SQLStmt) +                      

                  Value(&SQLStmt *BCat &Table))        

                                                       

   Otherwise Cmd( +                                    

           ChgVar Var(&SQLStmt) +                      

                  Value(&SQLStmt *BCat +               

                        &TableLib *TCat +              

                        '/' *TCat &Table))             

EndSelect                                              

                                                       

RunSQL     SQL(&SQLStmt) Commit(*None) Naming(*Sys)    

                                                       

EndPgm                                              

 

Before getting into the processing of the CRTSQLVIEW program, I would like to make a side note. I was very tempted to use some of the 7.2 CL features mentioned in the previous articles More Tools for the CL Developer and Still More Tools for the CL Developer when writing the program, but I realize that many of you may still be on 6.1 or 7.1. So I resisted the temptation in order that you can utilize this program on any of the currently supported releases of the IBM i.

 

The program defines four parameters (&QualView, &QualTable, &NbrCols, and &Replace) to match the four parameters defined by the CRTSQLVIEW command.

 

&QualView and &QualTable are declared as *CHAR values with lengths of 20 bytes. Using *Defined storage, they are then further subset into the distinct 10-byte *CHAR variables &View, &ViewLib, &Table, and &TableLib. This is done to avoid having to substring out the object and library names later in the program.

 

&NbrCols is declared as a 2-byte integer value. While this parameter when passed is actually much, much larger (it represents the entire list of columns we'll be working with), what we will initially need is the number of column list entries being passed, which is what &NbrCols represents. The remainder of this parameter will be accessed using pointers.

 

&Replace is declared as a *Char value with a length of 10 bytes.

 

Following these parameter declares the program and then declares additional *Ptr and *Based variables, which will be used to process the column list entries found in the third parameter.

 

When a command list defined using ELEM, as was done in the CRTSQLVIEW command, is passed to the CPP, the first 2-bytes of the parameter hold the number of list entries in integer form. As mentioned before, this is represented by variable &NbrCols. Immediately following this number of list entries is that number (the value of &NbrCols) of 4-byte integer values (due to our use of ListDispl(*Int4) in the command definition) providing offsets from the start of the parameter to where the values of the "next" list entry can be found. To process this "array" of offsets, the program declares the pointer &LstEnt_Ptr (List entry pointer) and the based 4-byte integer &LstEntOfs (List entry offset).

 

Each list entry accessed using &LstEntOfs is itself further defined by the number of elements in the entry and then that number of element values. To process these elements, the program declares the pointer &Col_Ptr (Column pointer) and then, using *Defined storage, three subfields of the list entry. These subfields are &NbrElems, a 2-byte *INT representing the number of elements passed in this entry; &ToCol, a 10-byte *CHAR representing the value provided for the 'To column' element of this entry; and &FromCol, a 256-byte *CHAR representing the value provided for the 'From' element of this entry.

 

If the previous two paragraphs leave you a bit confused, don't worry. How these things work should become clearer soon. As a note, the previous two paragraphs could also have been avoided by simply defining two separate lists in the CRTSQLVIEW commandone list for the 'To column' values, one list for the 'From' values. My thinking, though, is that using a two-list approach would have definite usability problemsfor instance matching up the 26th 'To column' value with the 26th 'From' value. I chose to make the processing a bit more complex over making the user interface more cumbersome.

 

The program then declares the four additional variables &CurLib, &SQLStmt, &SQLFrom, and &X.

 

Upon entry to the CRTSQLVIEW program, a check is made to see if the special value *CURLIB was specified for the library to be used with either the View or Table parameter. If so, then the current library is accessed one time and stored in the variable &CurLib. A check is also made for the current job not having a current library (RTVJOBA setting &CurLib to *NONE) and, if so, the library QGPL is used.

 

The program now starts building the SQL statement that will be run later by the RUNSQL command. The variable &SQLStmt is used to construct part of this statement. If the user specified REPLACE(*YES) when running the CRTSQLVIEW command, then the value 'Create or Replace View' is written to &SQLStmt; otherwise, the value 'Create View' is written.

 

Having processed the REPLACE parameter, the CRTSQLVIEW program then constructs the name of the view to be created by concatenating the library and view name, followed by a blank and a '(' to start the definition of the columns to be included in the view.

 

At this point, I had to make a decision in the implementation of the CRTSQLVIEW program. As any programmer knows, there are many ways to implement a given function. I could, for instance, process only the &ToCol values of the Column parameter to construct the columns being defined, followed by then reprocessing the Column parameter to construct the Select phrase of the Create View statement utilizing &FromCol, or I could build both the ToCol list and the FromCol list concurrently. I elected to build the two lists concurrently, so I use a second variable, &SQLFrom, to contain the FromCol values. As my intention is to concatenate &SQLFrom to &SQLStmt, the program initializes the &SQLFrom variable with the value ') as Select' in anticipation of this later concatenation of the FromCol list.

 

A DOFOR is then entered to process all of the ToCol and FromCol list values specified on the CRTSQLVIEW command. For the first list entry (&X *EQ 1), the pointer variable &LstEnt_Ptr is set to the address of variable &NbrCols and then the size of &NbrCols (2 bytes) is added to the offset value of the &LstEnt_Ptr variable. This sets the based variable &LstEntOfs to the offset value to the first list entry. For subsequent list entries (&X *NE 1), the offset value of the pointer variable &LstEnt_Ptr is increased by 4, the size in bytes of one &LstEntOfs occurrence. This sets the based variable &LstEntOfs to the offset value of the next entry to be processed. In the case of "next," processing the program also concatenates a comma (',') to the previous value of both &SQLStmt and &SQLFrom. This is to provide a separator between the previous column definition and the "next" entry definition.

 

Having set &LstEntOfs to the correct list entry offset value, CRTSQLVIEW then sets the pointer variable &Col_Ptr to the starting address of &NbrCols and adds the &LstEntOfs value. This sets the based variable &Columns (and more importantly, the &Columns *Defined subfields of &ToCol and &FromCol) to the appropriate values. The program then concatenates the value of &ToCol to &SQLStmt and, after checking for the special value *SAME, the value of &FromCol to &SQLFrom.

 

The DOFOR group is then rerun until all list entries have been processed.

 

After all list entries have been added to &SQLStmt and &SQLFrom, the two variables are concatenated along with the constant 'from'. CRTSQLVIEW then constructs the table name to be used when selecting data (in a manner similar to how the qualified view name was created earlier), adds this to the variable &SQLStmt, and runs the RUNSQL command using &SQLStmt for the SQL parameter. The program then ends.

 

Assuming you have stored the previous CL source in member CRTSQLVIEW of source file QCLSRC, you can create CRTSQLVIEW with the Create Bound CL Program (CRTBNDCL) command:

 

CRTBNDCL PGM(CRTSQLVIEW)

 

Testing CRTSQLVIEW

To test the CRTSQLVIEW command and program, we'll use the same scenario used in the initial testing of the January article. Prompt the CRTSQLVIEW command and fill in the various screens as shown below.

 

                         Create SQL View (CRTSQLVIEW)                
                                                                     
Type choices, press Enter.                                           
                                                                     
View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . > PROJVIEW      Name                
  Library  . . . . . . . . . . . >   BVINING     Name, *CURLIB       
Table  . . . . . . . . . . . . . > PROJECTS      Name                
  Library  . . . . . . . . . . . >   BVINING     Name, *LIBL, *CURLIB
Columns:                                                            
  To column  . . . . . . . . . . > PROJECT       Name               
  From . . . . . . . . . . . . .   *SAME                            
                                                                    
  To column  . . . . . . . . . . > TASK          Name               
  From . . . . . . . . . . . . .   *SAME                            
                                                                    
  To column  . . . . . . . . . . > CONTACT       Name               
  From . . . . . . . . . . . . .   *SAME                            
                                                                    
  To column  . . . . . . . . . . > TSKSTRDAT     Name               
  From . . . . . . . . . . . . .   *SAME                            
                                                                    
  To column  . . . . . . . . . . > TSKSTRDOW     Name               
  From . . . . . . . . . . . . . > Varchar(DayName(TskStrDat), 10) 
  To column  . . . . . . . . . . > TSKENDDAT     Name              
  From . . . . . . . . . . . . .   *SAME                           
                                                                   
  To column  . . . . . . . . . . > TSKENDDOW     Name              
  From . . . . . . . . . . . . . > Varchar(DayName(TskEndDat), 10)
                                                                    
               + for more values                                   
Replace view . . . . . . . . . .   *YES          *YES, *NO  

 

You should end up with the same initial view as you did in January.

 

A Few Notes

You may have noticed that in the CRTSQLVIEW program, an additional parameter was added when running the RUNSQL command. The parameter is Naming(*Sys). I mentioned earlier that I had received several notes concerning the January article, a few of which had to do with the program not working as expected. The reason was that "someone" on their systems had changed the command default value for NAMING from *SYS to *SQL. Explicitly adding the NAMING parameter to the RUNSQL command takes care of this problem (as the CRTSQLVIEW program is definitely construction variable &SQLStmt using the system naming convention of library-name/file-name).

 

You may also wonder why the DCL for variable &SQLStmt specified a size of 5000 bytes when a CL *CHAR variable can be up to 32K-bytes in size. The reason is that 5000 bytes is the maximum size supported by the SQL parameter of the RUNSQL command. So while the definition of the CRTSQLVIEW command allows up to 300 list entries to be specified, you may or may not be able to actually create a view with that many columns. If, for example, you have 300 'To column' names, each using 10-byte names, then you've already used up more than half of the length of the SQL parameter without even getting to the 'From' values. If this limit of 5000 bytes is a problem, feel free to send me a note. By replacing the RUNSQL command with an API call, we can easily support a Create View statement of up to 32K bytes or, with some additional work, a statement up to 2MB in size. For now though, as this is the "CL Corner," I'm just using the CL RUNQRY command.

 

In the next article, I hope to answer a few other of the emails related to the January articlenamely, what other functions, like DayName, are available to you when creating SQL views.

 

More CL Questions?

Wondering how to accomplish a function in CL? Send your CL-related questions to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I'll try to answer your burning questions in future columns.

 

 

Bruce Vining

Bruce Vining is president and co-founder of Bruce Vining Services, LLC, a firm providing contract programming and consulting services to the System i community. He began his career in 1979 as an IBM Systems Engineer in St. Louis, Missouri, and then transferred to Rochester, Minnesota, in 1985, where he continues to reside. From 1992 until leaving IBM in 2007, Bruce was a member of the System Design Control Group responsible for OS/400 and i5/OS areas such as System APIs, Globalization, and Software Serviceability. He is also the designer of Control Language for Files (CLF).A frequent speaker and writer, Bruce can be reached at bvining@brucevining.com. 


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    SB ASNA PPL 5450Mobile computing is rapidly maturing into a solid platform for delivering enterprise applications. Many IBM i shops today are realizing that integrating their IBM i with mobile applications is the fast path to improved business workflows, better customer relations, and more responsive business reporting.

    This ASNA whitepaper takes a look at mobile computing for the IBM i. It discusses the different ways mobile applications may be used within the enterprise and how ASNA products solve the challenges mobile presents. It also presents the case that you already have the mobile programming team your projects need: that team is your existing RPG development team!

    Get your copy today!

  • Automate IBM i Operations using Wireless Devices

    DDL SystemsDownload the technical whitepaper on MANAGING YOUR IBM i WIRELESSLY and (optionally) register to download an absolutely FREE software trail. This whitepaper provides an in-depth review of the native IBM i technology and ACO MONITOR's advanced two-way messaging features to remotely manage your IBM i while in or away from the office. Notify on-duty personnel of system events and remotely respond to complex problems (via your Smartphone) before they become critical-24/7. Problem solved!

    Order your copy here.

  • DR Strategy Guide from Maxava: Brand New Edition - now fully updated to include Cloud!

    SB Maxava PPL 5476PRACTICAL TOOLS TO IMPLEMENT DISASTER RECOVERY IN YOUR IBM i ENVIRONMENT

    CLOUD VS. ON-PREMISE?
    - COMPREHENSIVE CHECKLISTS
    - RISK COST CALCULATIONS
    - BUSINESS CASE FRAMEWORK
    - DR SOLUTIONS OVERVIEW
    - RFP BUILDER
    Download your free copy of DR Strategy Guide for IBM i from Maxava today.

     

  • White Paper: Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization

    SB Profound WP 5539

    If your business is thinking about modernizing your legacy IBM i (also known as AS/400 or iSeries) applications, you will want to read this white paper first!

    Download this paper and learn how Node.js can ensure that you:
    - Modernize on-time and budget - no more lengthy, costly, disruptive app rewrites!
    - Retain your IBM i systems of record
    - Find and hire new development talent
    - Integrate new Node.js applications with your existing RPG, Java, .Net, and PHP apps
    - Extend your IBM i capabilties to include Watson API, Cloud, and Internet of Things


    Read Node.js for Enterprise IBM i Modernization Now!

     

  • 2020 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results

    HelpSystems

    This year marks the sixth edition of the popular IBM i Marketplace Survey Results. Each year, HelpSystems sets out to gather data about how businesses use the IBM i platform and the IT initiatives it supports. Year over year, the survey has begun to reveal long-term trends that give insight into the future of this trusted technology.

    More than 500 IBM i users from around the globe participated in this year’s survey, and we’re so happy to share the results with you. We hope you’ll find the information interesting and useful as you evaluate your own IT projects.

  • AIX Security Basics eCourse

    Core Security

    With so many organizations depending on AIX day to day, ensuring proper security and configuration is critical to ensure the safety of your environment. Don’t let common threats put your critical AIX servers at risk. Avoid simple mistakes and start to build a long-term plan with this AIX Security eCourse. Enroll today to get easy to follow instructions on topics like:

    • Removing extraneous files
    • Patching systems efficiently
    • Setting and validating permissions
    • Managing service considerations
    • Getting overall visibility into your networks

     

  • Developer Kit: Making a Business Case for Modernization and Beyond

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.

    Having trouble getting management approval for modernization projects? The problem may be you're not speaking enough "business" to them.

    This Developer Kit provides you study-backed data and a ready-to-use business case template to help get your very next development project approved!

  • What to Do When Your AS/400 Talent Retires

    HelpSystemsIT managers hoping to find new IBM i talent are discovering that the pool of experienced RPG programmers and operators or administrators is small.

    This guide offers strategies and software suggestions to help you plan IT staffing and resources and smooth the transition after your AS/400 talent retires. Read on to learn:

    • Why IBM i skills depletion is a top concern
    • How leading organizations are coping
    • Where automation will make the biggest impact

     

  • IBM i Resources Retiring?

    SB HelpSystems WC GenericLet’s face it: IBM i experts and RPG programmers are retiring from the workforce. Are you prepared to handle their departure?
    Our panel of IBM i experts—Chuck Losinski, Robin Tatam, Richard Schoen, and Tom Huntington—will outline strategies that allow your company to cope with IBM i skills depletion by adopting these strategies that allow you to get the job done without deep expertise on the OS:
    - Automate IBM i processes
    - Use managed services to help fill the gaps
    - Secure the system against data loss and viruses
    The strategies you discover in this webinar will help you ensure that your system of record—your IBM i—continues to deliver a powerful business advantage, even as staff retires.

     

  • Backup and Recovery Considerations for Security Data and Encrypted Backups

    SB PowerTech WC GenericSecurity expert Carol Woodbury is joined by Debbie Saugen. Debbie is an expert on IBM i backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and high availability, helping IBM i shops build and implement effective business continuity plans.
    In today’s business climate, business continuity is more important than ever. But 83 percent of organizations are not totally confident in their backup strategy.
    During this webinar, Carol and Debbie discuss the importance of a good backup plan, how to ensure you’re backing up your security information, and your options for encrypted back-ups.

  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

    SB Profound WC GenericIn this presentation, Alex Roytman and Liam Allan will unveil a completely new and unique way to modernize your legacy applications. Learn how Agile Modernization:
    - Uses the power of Node.js in place of costly system re-writes and migrations
    - Enables you to modernize legacy systems in an iterative, low-risk manner
    - Makes it easier to hire developers for your modernization efforts
    - Integrates with Profound UI (GUI modernization) for a seamless, end-to-end legacy modernization solution

     

  • Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIBM i is known for its security, but this OS could be more vulnerable than you think.
    Although Power Servers often live inside the safety of the perimeter firewall, the risk of suffering a data leak or data corruption remains high.
    Watch noted IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses common ways that this supposedly “secure” operating system may actually be vulnerable and who the culprits might be.

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Easy Mobile Development

    SB Profound WC GenericWatch this on-demand webinar and learn how to rapidly and easily deploy mobile apps to your organization – even when working with legacy RPG code! IBM Champion Scott Klement will demonstrate how to:
    - Develop RPG applications without mobile development experience
    - Deploy secure applications for any mobile device
    - Build one application for all platforms, including Apple and Android
    - Extend the life and reach of your IBM i (aka iSeries, AS400) platform
    You’ll see examples from customers who have used our products and services to deliver the mobile applications of their dreams, faster and easier than they ever thought possible!

     

  • Profound UI: Unlock True Modernization from your IBM i Enterprise

    SB Profound PPL 5491Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.

  • Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.

    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.

    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).

  • 5 New and Unique Ways to Use the IBM i Audit Journal

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericYou must be asking yourself: am I doing everything I can to protect my organization’s data? Tune in as our panel of IBM i high availability experts discuss:


    - Why companies don’t test role swaps when they know they should
    - Whether high availability in the cloud makes sense for IBM i users
    - Why some organizations don’t have high availability yet
    - How to get high availability up and running at your organization
    - High availability considerations for today’s security concerns

  • Profound.js 2.0: Extend the Power of Node to your IBM i Applications

    SB Profound WC 5541In this Webinar, we'll demonstrate how Profound.js 2.0 enables you to easily adopt Node.js in your business, and to take advantage of the many benefits of Node, including access to a much larger pool of developers for IBM i and access to countless reusable open source code packages on npm (Node Package Manager).
    You will see how Profound.js 2.0 allows you to:

    • Provide RPG-like capabilities for server-side JavaScript.
    • Easily create web and mobile application interfaces for Node on IBM i.
    • Let existing RPG programs call Node.js modules directly, and vice versa.
    • Automatically generate code for Node.js.
    • Automatically converts existing RPGLE code into clean, simplified Node.js code.

    Download and watch today!

     

  • Make Modern Apps You'll Love with Profound UI & Profound.js

    SB Profound WC 5541Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.
    Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan are here to show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver applications your whole business will love:

    • Transform legacy RPG code to modern free-format RPG and Node.js
    • Deliver truly modern application interfaces with Profound UI
    • Extend your RPG applications to include Web Services and NPM packages with Node.js

     

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic

    Most business intelligence tools are just that: tools, a means to an end but not an accelerator. Yours could even be slowing you down. But what if your BI tool didn't just give you a platform for query-writing but also improved programmer productivity?
    Watch the recorded webinar to see how Sequel:

    • Makes creating complex results simple
    • Eliminates barriers to data sources
    • Increases flexibility with data usage and distribution

    Accelerated productivity makes everyone happy, from programmer to business user.

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIt’s time to develop a strategy that will help you meet your informational challenges head-on. Watch the webinar to learn how to set your IT department up for business intelligence success. You’ll learn how the right data access tool will help you:

    • Access IBM i data faster
    • Deliver useful information to executives and business users
    • Empower users with secure data access

    Ready to make your game plan and finally keep up with your data access requests?

     

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericLet’s face facts: servers don’t hack other servers. Despite the avalanche of regulations, news headlines remain chock full of stories about data breaches, all initiated by insiders or intruders masquerading as insiders.
    User profiles are often duplicated or restored and are rarely reviewed for the appropriateness of their current configuration. This increases the risk of the profile being able to access data without the intended authority or having privileges that should be reserved for administrators.
    Watch security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses a new approach for onboarding new users on IBM i and best-practices techniques for managing and monitoring activities after they sign on.

  • Don't Just Settle for Query/400...

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhile introducing Sequel Data Access, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access, distribution trends, and more advanced query tools. Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel lightens IT’s load by:

    - Accessing real-time data, so you can make real-time decisions
    - Providing run-time prompts, so users can help themselves
    - Delivering instant results in Microsoft Excel and PDF, without the wait
    - Automating the query process with on-demand data, dashboards, and scheduled jobs

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhat happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    You don’t need to stick with status quo anymore.
    Watch the webinar to learn how to put effective document management into practice and:

    • Capture documents faster, instead of wasting everyone’s time
    • Manage documents easily, so you can always find them
    • Distribute documents automatically, and move on to the next task

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

    SB_PowerTech_WC_GenericGet actionable info to avoid becoming the next cyberattack victim.
    In “Data breach digest—Scenarios from the field,” Verizon documented an AS/400 security breach. Whether you call it AS/400, iSeries, or IBM i, you now have proof that the system has been breached.
    Watch IBM i security expert Robin Tatam give an insightful discussion of the issues surrounding this specific scenario.
    Robin will also draw on his extensive cybersecurity experience to discuss policies, processes, and configuration details that you can implement to help reduce the risk of your system being the next victim of an attack.

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this 30-minute recorded webinar, our experts demonstrate how you can:

    • Manage multiple platforms from a central location
    • View monitoring results in a single pane of glass on your desktop or mobile device
    • Take advantage of best practice, plug-and-play monitoring templates
    • Create rules to automate daily checks across your entire infrastructure
    • Receive notification if something is wrong or about to go wrong

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericYou need to know when IBM i disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer. Our experts will show you how Robot Monitor can help you pinpoint exactly when your auxiliary storage starts to disappear and why, so you can start taking a proactive approach to disk monitoring and analysis. You’ll also get insight into:

    • The main sources of disk consumption
    • How to monitor temporary storage and QTEMP objects in real time
    • How to monitor objects and libraries in real time and near-real time
    • How to track long-term disk trends

     

     

  • Stop Re-keying Data Between IBM I and Other Applications

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericMany business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation.Wouldn’t it be nice if you could stop re-keying data between IBM i and other applications? Or if you could stop replicating data and start processing orders faster? Or what if you could automatically extract data from existing reports instead of re-keying? It’s all possible. Watch this webinar to learn about:

    • The data dilemma
    • 3 ways to stop re-keying data
    • Data automation in practice

    Plus, see how HelpSystems data automation software will help you stop re-keying data.

     

  • The Top Five RPG Open Access Myths....BUSTED!

    SB_Profound_WC_GenericWhen it comes to IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition, there are still many misconceptions - especially where application modernization is concerned!

    In this Webinar, we'll address some of the biggest myths about RPG Open Access, including:

    • Modernizing with RPG OA requires significant changes to the source code
    • The RPG language is outdated and impractical for modernizing applications
    • Modernizing with RPG OA is the equivalent to "screen scraping"

     

  • Time to Remove the Paper from Your Desk and Become More Efficient

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericToo much paper is wasted. Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets.And distributing documents is expensive and takes up far too much time.
    These are just three common reasons why it might be time for your company to implement a paperless document management system.
    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic

    IBM’s Steve Will talks AS/400, POWER9, cognitive systems, and everything in between

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

    IBM i was built on the same foundation.
    Watch this recorded webinar with IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington to gain a unique perspective on the direction of this platform, including:

    • IBM i development strategies in progress at IBM
    • Ways that Watson will shake hands with IBM i
    • Key takeaways from the AS/400 days

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWatch this recording where Jim Buck, Susan Gantner, and Charlie Guarino answered your questions, including:

    • What are the “hidden gems” in RDi that can make me more productive?
    • What makes RDi Debug better than the STRDBG green screen debugger?
    • How can RDi help me find out if I’ve tested all lines of a program?
    • What’s the best way to transition from PDM to RDi?
    • How do I convince my long-term developers to use RDi?

    This is a unique, online opportunity to hear how you can get more out of RDi.

     

  • Node.js on IBM i Webinar Series Pt. 2: Setting Up Your Development Tools

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application. In Part 2, Brian May teaches you the different tooling options available for writing code, debugging, and using Git for version control. Attend this webinar to learn:

    • Different tools to develop Node.js applications on IBM i
    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using NodeRun.com as a pre-built development environment

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericDuring this webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

    • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
    • How do I monitor the IFS?
    • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
    • How do I secure the IFS?

    Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i.

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

    Don't miss this chance to take your knowledge of IBM i security beyond the basics.

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn today’s threat landscape, upper management is laser-focused on cybersecurity. You need to make progress in securing your systems—and make it fast.
    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption

     

     

  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

     

     

     

  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic3 easy ways to get IBM i data into Excel every time
    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.

     

     

  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.

     

     

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  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
    - Simplified backup procedures
    - Easy data encryption
    - Save media management
    - Guided restoration
    - Seamless product integration
    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits. Try the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

    - Automated report distribution
    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated batch, interactive, and cross-platform scheduling
    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
    Scale your software, not your staff. Try the Robot Job Scheduling Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

    SB DDL Systems 5429More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center efficiency.